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The Final Straw Radio
Nov 27, 2022 The Final Straw Radio
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This week, Scott spoke with Rebecca Gross and Robin, Teaching Assistants at University of California Santa Cruz and members of UAW 2865 at the uni, to get informed about the ongoing strike in the UC system for, among other things, a cost of living increase demand for grad student employees and TA’s. The strike has extended throughout the UC system and picks up where the wildcat strikes of 2019 at that campus left off before the corona virus pandemic put so many things on hold. Similar strikes...
Topics: university, universityofcalifornia, ucsc, santacruz, graduatestudent, studentworker, cola, labor,...
The Final Straw Radio
Nov 20, 2022 The Final Straw Radio
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This is a conversation with Matthew Lyons, antifascist researcher, contributor to Three Way Fight Blog and author of, among other books, Insurgent Supremacists: The U.S. Far Right’s Challenge to State and Empire and contributor to the recent AK Press compilation, No Pasarán: Antifascist Dispatches from a World in Crisis (edited by Shane Burley). For the hour, Matthew talks about Christian Nationalist and theonomic tendencies and movements like New Apostolic Reformation, Dominionism,...
Topics: antifascist, usa, christianreconstructionism, dominionism, newapostolicreformation, theocracy,...
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Nov 13, 2022 The Final Straw Radio
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This week on The Final Straw we have 4 whopping segments, tidbits in length but whopping in importance. First up, you’ll hear from Zachariah Jazz ( @BlackariahJazz161 on twitter), who distributes alcohol jet heaters with ABQHeaterBloc in so-called Albuquerque, NM, to talk about their efforts to help keep folks living on the streets safer from the elements through mutual aid. ABQ Heater Bloc Instagram, donate funds via venmo @abqheaterbloc It’s Controversial!! youtube channel or facebook...
Topics: anarchist, mutualaid, diy, alcoholheater, albuquerque, chicago, certaindays, politicalprisoner,...
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Nov 6, 2022 The Final Straw Radio
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This week on The Final Straw, we’re sharing a chat that Scott had with Smirk, Wink & Nudge of the Stop Camp Grayling Offensive, an anarchist effort to oppose the doubling expansion of the largest military base on Turtle Island, based in so-called Michigan. For the hour, the militants talk about the ecological, social, economic and other potential impacts of expanding the military industrial complex and this counterinsurgency training ground in particular. You can learn more at...
Topics: michigan, militaryindustrialcomplex, military, pollution, imperialism, counterinsurgency, copcity,...
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Oct 30, 2022 The Final Straw Radio
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This week on the show, you’ll hear from Diyawn Caldwell, founder of “Both Sides Of The Wall” which has been supporting striking people behind bars across the Alabama Dept of Corrections where incarcerated workers refused their unpaid work over 3 weeks. The strike is on hold, for now, but prisoners continue resistance despite repression. You can learn more abut the group by finding them on social media or visiting BothSidesOfTheWall.com Then, you’ll hear anarchist comrades from the...
Topics: anarchist, prison, anarchistprisoner, politicalprisoner, italy, alabama, 41bis, adoc,...
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I’m happy to share this interview with anarchist author and historian, Robert Graham about the split in the historic left that led to the birth of the anarchist movement. Robert published the book We Do Not Fear Anarchy, We Invoke It!: The First International and the Origins of the Anarchist Movement with AK Press in 2015 and, as I say in the interview, I was excited to have this conversation with Robert since the 150 th anniversary of the first anti-authoritarian International hosted by the...
Topics: anarchist, history, akpress, robertgraham, firstinternational, iwma, bakunin, marx, engles,...
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Oct 16, 2022 The Final Straw Radio
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This week, we’re airing a conversation with Too Black, communications representative for the defense committee to Free the Pendleton 2. Too Black also hosts the Black Myths podcast . For the hour, Too Black talks about the case of the Pendleton 2, two Black men incarcerated in Indiana who had decades added to their sentences, including decades in solitary confinement, for defending another prisoner from a white supremacist guard officer formation in the Pendleton Prison Uprising, February 1...
Topics: indiana, idoc, prison, pendletonfc, pendleton2, politicalprisoner, christophertrotter, johncole,...
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Oct 9, 2022 The Final Straw Radio
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This week on The Final Straw, we feature two portions. First up, you’ll hear from Modibo Kadalie and Andrew Zonneveld of On Our Own Authority! Publishing about the upcoming Atlanta Radical Bookfair happening on October 15 th at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History. Then, you’ll hear a recent interview with Aryanam, a member of the Federation of Anarchism Era , an anarchist grouping based in Iran, Afghanistan and the diaspora to speak about the morality...
Topics: iran, zhinaamani, mahsaamini, feminist, hijab, anarchist, federationofanarchismera,...
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Oct 2, 2022 The Final Straw Radio
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This week, Scott spoke with Mohamed Abdou , a North African-Egyptian Muslim anarchist activist-scholar who is currently a Visiting Scholar at Cornell University and an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the American University of Cairo. Mohamed is the author of the recent book, Islam and Anarchism: Relationships and Resonances published by Pluto Press in 2022. For nearly 2 hours, Scott and Mohamed speak about Mohamed’s experience of the Tahrir Square uprising of 2011 and the western media...
Topics: anarchist, islam, anarchism, autonomy, philsophy, religion, faith, mohamedabdou, tahrirsquare,...
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Sep 25, 2022 The Final Straw Radio
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First up, we share an interview with Fauve, a radical who recently participated in the anti-coal occupation in the village of Lützerath / Luzerath (aka the ZAD of Rhineland) in western Germany against the company RWE. We talk about RWE’s push to break resistance at Luzerath and the currently-calm Hambach Forest, which activists fear will be attacked by RWE and their goons. More info at https://luetzerathlebt.info/en Transcript PDF (Unimposed Zine) - pending Zine (Imposed PDF) - pending You...
Topics: lutzerath, luetzerath, lignite, coal, extraction, rwe, germany, hambach, aradionetwork, badnews
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Sep 19, 2022 The Final Straw Radio
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This week we’re re-airing our 2020 conversation with Wayne Price, longtime anarchist, author and then-member of Bronx Climate Justice North and the Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council, or MACC , in New York City. From the original post: After reading his book, The Value Of Radical Theory : An Anarchist Introduction to Marx’s Critique of Political Economy (AK Press, 2013), I became excited to speak to him about his views on anarchists engaging Marxist economic concepts and some of...
Topics: wayneprice, econonmics, marxism, anarchism, anarchist, politicalscience, philiosophy, history,...
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Sep 11, 2022 The Final Straw Radio
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This week on the show, we re-air Amar’s 2015 interview with Hilary Klein, author/editor of the book Compañeras: Zapatista Women’s Stories , out from Seven Stories Press. Over the hour, Hilary talks about her 7 years of living in Chiapas and recording the stories and experiences of women there, collecting stories on their behalf. The book covers the Zapatistas experiences before the EZLN uprising of 1994, during that period and after. Discussion address what gender, indigeneity and class...
Topics: rebroadcast, zapatista, ezln, hilaryklein, author, sevenstoriespress, 7storiespress, women,...
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Sep 4, 2022 The Final Straw Radio
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This week on the show, we feature a chat with Aaron Parker of Edgewood Nursery & Tim Holland (aka MC Sole ), who together form the Propaganda By The Seed podcast. You can find the podcast on the channel zero network , Libsyn , and a bunch of streaming services. We hope you enjoy this chat as much as Bursts did. We talk about their project of sharing conversations with various farmers, herbalists, propagators, scavengers, historians and cooks about plants, food autonomy, agriculture mutual...
Topics: aaronparker, timholland, mcsole, propagandabytheseed, farming, permaculture, scavenging, podcast,...
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Aug 28, 2022 The Final Straw Radio
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This week on TFSR, you’ll hear Watani Tyehimba of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and a supporter and comrade of New Afrikan political prisoner Dr Mutulu Shakur speaking about Dr. Shakur’s life, activism and the struggle for his release since he’s been diagnosed with serious bone cancer. Then, you’ll hear portions of the latest episode of Bad News, the monthly podcast from the anarchist and anti-authoritarian radio and podcast network, A-Radio . The segments included are an interview...
Topics: mutulushakur, newafrika, politicalprisoner, usa, compassionaterelease, mxgm, watanityehimba,...
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Aug 21, 2022 The Final Straw Radio
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This week, our guests are Sam and Alex (not their real names). Sam was until recently the co-host of the 12 Rules for What podcast and is the co-author with Alex of their two books, The Post Internet Far Right and The Rise of Ecofascism . Sam is now focusing on writing at Collapsology Sub-Stack and the Collapse Podcast , and you can support Alex’s ongoing work with 12 Rules for WHAT podcast via their patreon or check out the podcast via Apple Podcasts or Channel Zero Network . We talk about...
Topics: antifascist, antifa, uk, usa, 12rulesforwhat, collapse, fascism, farright, torie, conservative,...
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Aug 14, 2022 The Final Straw Radio
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This week on The Final Straw, Professor Raymond Craib talks about his book, “ Adventure Capitalism: A History of Libertarian Exit, from the Era of Decolonization to the Digital Age ” out recently from PM Press. We talk about capitalist fundamentalists attempting to create free market utopias, right wing so-called Libertarians, Ayn Rand, neoliberalism and the oxymoronic tendency known as "anarcho-capitalism" at the center of the recent HBO Max series called “The Anarchists”....
Topics: capitalism, neoliberalism, minerva, vanuatu, colonization, peterthiel, murrayrothbard, aynrand,...
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Aug 7, 2022 The Final Straw Radio
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This week, we spoke with Alex, an anarchist squatter in the Athenian neighborhood of Exarchia. They talk about repression by the New Democracy party, struggles against green washing wind turbines around rural Greece, the fires raging through the country, resistance to rape culture, fighting against the building of a metro station in Exarchia and the privatization of public spaces like Strefi Hill, police presence at Universities, anarcho-tourism and the hunger strike of anarchist prisoner...
Topics: greece, squatting, fire, climatechange, exarchia, strefihill, privatization, newdemocracy,...
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Jul 31, 2022 The Final Straw Radio
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This week we are presenting Scott’s interview with Hil Malatino, who is a current professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Philosophy at Penn State University. They are also the author of three books, Trans Care, Queer Embodiment: Monstrosity, Medical Violence, and Intersex Experience, and Side Affects: On Being Trans and Feeling Bad. Scott and Hil speak on many themes which are found in his books, plus lots more topics! Hil Malatino’s work: Trans Care can be found on...
Topics: hilmalatino, trans, interview, author, gender, care, queer, monstrosity
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Jul 24, 2022 The Final Straw Radio
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This week we’re sharing an interview that we conducted with anarchists and abolitionists mostly in and around Manila, the capital of the Philippines. You'll hear from K, Honey, Adrienne, Castle, Magsalin and R. During the chat they share about their projects, discussions of abolitionism in the Philippines, decolonization discourse, informal organizing, accountability and challenging patriarchal dynamics in the traditional left and more....
Topics: abolition, anarchism, philippines, manila, abolisyon, paglaya, thedinnerparty, accountability,...
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Jul 17, 2022 The Final Straw Radio
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First up, you'll hear Minister of Defense of the Revolutionary Intercommunal Black Panther Party, Kevin Rashid Johnson, talk about his diagnosis of prostate cancer and his request for a call in to get the VADOC & his captors at Nottoway Correctional Institution in Virginia to give him the care he needs to survive. Then, an interview with Assembly.Org.UA , a news site based out of Kharkiv about their journalism, disaster capitalism in the midst of pandemic and war, resistance to forced...
Topics: kevinrashidjohnson, ribpp, panther, politicalprisoner, vadoc, medicalneglect, ukraine, russia,...
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Jul 10, 2022 The Final Straw Radio
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This week, Scott and William talk to Sophie Lewis , author of Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family and the soon-to-be-released Abolish The Family A Manifest for Care and Liberation (out in October, 2022) about the current political moment that is characterized by attacks on trans people and peoples reproductive abilities. They also talk through what creates this moment, where trans people come into the target of State power being weaponized by the far right, as well as the connections...
Topics: sophielewis, author, communist, feminist, surrogacy, capitalism, reproduction, abortion, trans,...
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Jul 3, 2022 The Final Straw Radio
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First up, the struggle to Defend the Atlanta Forest and Stop Cop City has been gaining momentum over the last year, in opposition to the building of what would be the largest police urban training center in the so-called USA in the wake of the 2020 George Floyd Uprising, alongside the construction of what would be the country’s largest film sound stage for Blackhall Studios. Coming up, you’ll hear Tony Lane of Defend Atlanta Forest talk about some of the issues involved, the ongoing...
Topics: atlantaforest, stopcopcity, atlanta, atlantaga, atlantapolicefoundation, counterinsurgency,...
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Jun 26, 2022 The Final Straw Radio
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On Nurturance Culture w Nora Samaran (rebroadcast) This week, we’re re-airing a 2019 conversation with Nora Samaran , author of the essay “The Opposite Of Rape Culture Is Nurturance Culture” , which became the seed of her book “ Turn This World Inside Out: The Emergence of Nurturance Culture. ” We talk about harm, entitlement as relates to positions of power like masculinity or whiteness in our cultures, the need for connection ingrained into our biology and sociality, accountability...
Topics: norasamaran, akpress, author, harm, entitlement, accountability
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Jun 19, 2022 The Final Straw Radio
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Emre, Rimac, Xero and Anya, members of the Emergency Committee for Rojava join us on the show this week to talk about the escalation of violence and threats of invasion by Turkey into northeast Syria, updates from the region and their thoughts on how people in the West can help folks living under the Autonomous Administration of North East Syria. You can learn more about their work at DefendRojava.Org and find related interviews covering some of the subject matter discussed and past events on...
Topics: rojava, turkey, anarchist, ocalan, syria, aanes, iraq, urkaine, russia, usa, nato, war, invasion,...
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Jun 12, 2022 The Final Straw Radio
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Support Jessica Reznicek and Navigating Conflict in Movement This week on the show, we’re airing two portions. Support Jessica Reznicek First up, Charlotte speaks about their friend, political prisoner and water defender Jessica Reznicek who just had an appeal denied of an 8 year sentence and terrorism enhancement for sabotaging the Dakota Access Pipeline with another Catholic Worker prior to DAPL. carrying oil. It’s estimated that the two cost $6 million in lost profits to Energy Transfer...
Topics: jessicareznicek, conflict, movement, nodapl, energytransferpartners, pipeline, ecodefense,...
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Jun 5, 2022 The Final Straw Radio
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This week on the show, we’re featuring a few segments. First up, Chazz speaks about the website UprisingSupport.org which shares the names and cases of people criminalized in relation to the George Floyd Uprising of 2020 across the so-called USA, as well as the importance of growing a culture of anti-repression and resistance. Then, for this year’s June 11 th Day of Solidarity with Marius Mason and All Long Term Anarchist Prisoners, you’ll hear supporters reading statements by Toby Shone...
Topics: anarchist, prisoner, anarchistprisoner, june11, june11.org, uprisingsupport.org,...
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May 29, 2022 The Final Straw
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First up, we’re sharing a blast from the past blast from the past, an interview that we conducted in 2013 via our comrades from A-Radio Berlin with a participant in the autonomous anti-capitalist street movement in Germany in the latter half of the 20 th century known as Autonomen. Specifically, the guest speaks about the context of anonymous street actions during May Day of 1987 in the district of then-West Berlin known as Kreuzberg and about the tactic that became known as Black Bloc....
Topics: WSFM, WCRS, KWTF, KWRK-LP, KRJF-LP, KFUG-LP, KEPW-LP, WGDR, KODX-LP, KMSW-LP, WFVR-LP, 1413 AM,...
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May 22, 2022 The Final Straw Radio
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Dunstan Bruce is perhaps most famous for his lead vocals and listing of libations in the Chumbawamba pop hit, Tubthumping. But there is so much more to him and that band than that one song. For the hour we touch on some of the band’s 30 year history, their relation as a collective, anarchist band to social justice movements around the world and how they used their fame and money to give back, Dunstan’s recently finished documentary “I Get Knocked Down: The Untold Story of Chumbawamba”...
Topics: dunstanbruce, music, chumbawamba, interview, anarchopunk, folk, punk, anarchist, interrobang,...
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May 15, 2022 The Final Straw
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This week on TFSR, we are presenting a conversation with three defendants who are in an ongoing legal battle with the city of Asheville. This group is collectively known as the Asheville Park defendants and is made up of 15 people, three of whom are speaking today. They are all facing felony littering charges in connection with a demonstration in December of 2021 against a targeted camp sweep in a local park adjacent to the downtown district. For this interview, we will talk about their case,...
Topics: wsfm, kwrk, wcrs, kwtf, kowa, asheville, asheville park defendants, homelessness, houselessness,...
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May 8, 2022 The Final Straw Radio
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This week, we spoke with Liaizon Wakest. Liaizon grew up in an anarchist commune in rural America. They can be found climbing into dumpsters from Mexico to Kazakhstan looking for trash to make art with. In recent years they have been focused on research into ethical technology and infrastructural anarchism. For the hour we speak about the interoperable, open source ensemble of federated online publishing servers and platforms known as the Fediverse and its most popular component, Mastadon. This...
Topics: fediverse, socialmedia, elonmusk, twitter, floss, mastadon, peertube
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May 1, 2022 The Final Straw
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This week we are pleased to present an interview that Bursts did with two members of IWOC (the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee), Caroline works with Millions for Prisoners New Mexico ( @iwocnm and @millionsforprisonersnm on the Fedbook) and IWOC (incarceratedworkers.org) and Xeno is with IWOC Sacramento ( @sacramento_iwoc on Instagram). For the little-over-an-hour they speak on what it’s like to be working with incarcerated folks during the coronavirus pandemic, how prisons and the...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwrk, kwtf, IWOC, incarcerated workers organizing committee, New Mexico,...
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Apr 24, 2022 The Final Straw Radio
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Earthbound Farmers Almanac and Food Autonomy in Bulbancha We’re joined this week by some of the folks behind the Earthbound Farmer’s Almanac , a self-published annual collection of art, comics, facts, articles and incitements to challenge us to thicken our relationship to the land and grow autonomy against state, colonialism and capitalism. You are welcome to  read the almanac for free in portions on the Lobelia Commons social media ( fedbook or instascam ). We also talk about spreading...
Topics: bulbancha, neworleans, foodautonomy, earthboundfarmersalmanac, lobeliacommons, ndnbayoufoodforest,...
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Apr 17, 2022 The Final Straw Radio
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This week on The Final Straw, we’re featuring a recent conversation with anarchist author and activist, Peter Gelderloos about his latest book, “ The Solutions Are Already Here: Strategies For Ecological Revolution From Below ”, published by Pluto Press in 2022. For the hour we speak about critiques of science and Western Civilization that Peter levels, as well as the centrality of struggling on the ground we stand on, creating autonomous infrastructure, resisting colonial extractivism...
Topics: Autonomy, Capitalism, ClimateChange, anarchist, anticolonialism, author, decolonization, degrowth,...
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Apr 10, 2022 The Final Straw
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This week we are pleased to present something a little bit new for TFS listeners. This is a kind of informal round table discussion that co host Scott and I had alongside Vicky Osterweil, who has been on the show before to speak on her book In Defense of Looting; A Riotous History of Uncivil Action . We all sat down to talk about a short and thought provoking article which was published in January of 2022 called “ The Interregnum: The George Floyd Uprising, the coronavirus pandemic, and the...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwrk, kwtf, the interregnum, george floyd, george floyd uprising, social...
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Apr 3, 2022 The Final Straw Radio
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This week, we’re sharing 2 segments on this radio episode. Eric King Speaks First up, you’ll hear Eric King, anarchist prisoner whose recent legal victory against the Federal Bureau of Prisons in the US was featured on our episodes from the week of March 27 th , 2022. Last week, Eric was suddenly transferred out of Colorado toward United States Penitentiary Lee in the southwest portion of Virginia near Johnson City, TN. This is in spite of the fact that Eric should be held at a medium...
Topics: ericking, usa, prison, anarchist, politicalprisoner, antifascist, kyiv, kiev, anarchistblackcross,...
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Mar 27, 2022 The Final Straw Radio
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Merced County Prisoner Hunger Strikes This week, you’ll hear a chat with California-based activist Victoria from Merced Under Construction, who talks to us about the prisoner hunger strikes at Merced County Jail and John Latorraca Center. O ver 40 prisoners engaged in hunger strike for 17 days, fighting for issues like protesting black mold, little food, lack of visitation and other issues. The hunger strike ended Saturday, March 28 th , despite the disrespect of the jail administration. You...
Topics: merced, california, mercedcounty, jail, JohnLatorracaCenter, hungerstrike, prisoner, blackmold,...
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Mar 20, 2022 The Final Straw Radio
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This week, we’re joined again by Aryanum, a member of the Federation of Anarchism Era ( ASRAnarshism.Com ), mostly made up of anarchists from Iran and Afghanistan. We mostly get updates about the situation of anarchists, atheists and feminists in Afghanistan under the Taliban or in an effort to escape as refugees, but we also get a few updates from Iran as well, including the regime’s founding of a national anarchist group called Iranarshism. At the time of this release, we’ve already got...
Topics: iran, afghanistan, federationofanarchismera, fae, refugee, taliban, pakistan, patriarchy, femiinsm,...
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Mar 13, 2022 The Final Straw
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This week, we spoke with Petr, a Russian anarchist member of the group Autonomous Action, who is living in Europe right now. For the hour we speak about the invasion of Ukraine, a bit about the resistance inside of Russia to the war drums and the Putin regime, the dangers of a nuclear conflict, the impacts of increased sanctions and anarchists organizing across the borders of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus against the war and against tyranny. You can learn more about what’s going on by visiting...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, kwrk, kwtf, wcrs, russia, ukraine, ukraine war, anarchist, russian anarchist, putin,...
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Mar 6, 2022 The Final Straw
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This week, you’ll hear my chat with Jon Bigger about the status of the monarchy in the UK, the power it wields, the interventions it makes into parliamentary procedure and where we might see hopes of challenging it from an anarchist approach. Jon is an anarchist who is involved with the Anarchism Research Group , writes a column on UK politics at Freedom News and has been involved in the project Class War . You can find him online at twitter and at his website, jonbigger.uk Further reading:...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwtf, kwrk, monarchy, queen elizabeth, uk, britan, john bigger, anarchist,...
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Feb 27, 2022 The Final Straw Radio
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On Thursday, February 24 th , I spoke with Ilya, a Russian anarchist living and organizing in Kyiv, Ukraine. We spoke about the relationship between Russia and Ukraine, the Maidan uprising and war in the Donbass, resistance to the invasion of Ukraine and the Putin regime, conspiracy theories about Ukraine promoted by Russia and Russian-aligned media outlets, critiques of the Ukrainian state, and anarchists choosing their own path of self-defense and revolutionary mutual aid in the face of...
Topics: anarchist, ukraine, ukrainian, russia, russianinvasion, putin, invasion, war, kyiv, selfdefense,...
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Feb 20, 2022 The FInal Straw Radio
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Hey folks. This week, we’re sharing our 2020 chat with Keith Lamar aka Bomani Shakur who is facing execution on November 16 th 2023. We hope you enjoy his insights and check out his support website, KeithLamar.Org and get involved in helping him fight for his life and for justice. We’ll have new content coming out next week. "Bomani Shakur speaks to us from death row at OSP Youngstown in Ohio. Bomani is accused of crimes related to the 1993 Lucasville Uprising he claims innocence of...
Topics: rebroadcast, keithlamar, bomanishakur, lucasvilleuprising, lucasville, deathrow, deathpenalty,...
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Feb 13, 2022 The Final Straw Radio
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This week, we are re-broadcasting an inteview with the sci-fi and picture book author, technologist and social critic Cory Doctorow .  Cory is an editor of the blog BoingBoing , a fellow at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the book we spoke of on this episode was Walkaway , out from Head of Zeus and TOR books.  The novel plays with themes of open source technologies, class society, post-scarcity economics, ecological remediation, drop-out culture and liberatory social models. It was...
Topics: corydoctorow, torbooks, postscarcity, capitalism, climatechange, refugee, immigration, borders,...
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Feb 6, 2022 The Final Straw
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This week, we air part of an episode of the Time Talks Podcast (member of the Channel Zero Network alongside TFSR) where Chris "Time" Steel and Bursts share songs about the struggle for abolition and what they like about them. To hear the longer, unedited version, check out our podcast, or check out Time Talks at https://TimeTalks.Libsyn.Com and find his music at: https://thisistime.bandcamp.com/ Here's a list of tracks featured in the radio edition: 1. Dead Prez - Behind Enemy Lines...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwtf, music, abolition, time talks, channel zero network of anarchist podcasts,...
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Jan 30, 2022 The Final Straw Radio
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Tom Nomad is an organizer based in the Rust Belt and the author of The Master’s Tools: Warfare and Insurgent Possibility and Toward an Army of Ghosts . You can find more of Tom’s writings on The Anarchist Library . Tom is @tom_nomad@kolektiva.social on Mastadon, and on their blog We speak about conspiracy theories and real conspiracies, strategies of tension, the use of extremist actors to set conditions of concentrating power un-democratically and challenging conspiratorial thought...
Topics: conspiracy, conspiracytheory, tomnomad, author, qanon, projectgladio, gladio
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Jan 29, 2022 The Final Straw Radio
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Anarchist Struggle, or Tekoşîna Anarşist in Kurmanji, is an anarchist combat medic collective operating in Rojava since the time of the war against Daesh / Isis, though its roots go back further. For the hour, you’ll hear a voice actor sharing the words of a member of TA calling themselves Robin Goldman about the their experiences of Asymmetric Warfare waged by Turkey and its proxies in the TFSA, the culture of TA right now, the medical work they’re doing, queerness in Rojava and other...
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Andrej Grubačić is a former teacher at the University of Rojava, founding Chair of Anthropology and Social Change at the California Institute of Integral Studies , author of books such as Don’t Mourn, Balkanize! , co-authored Wobblies and Zapatistas with Staughton Lynd and most recently the co-author of Living At The Edges of Capitalism: Adventures In Exile and Mutual Aid with Dennis O’Hearn. Andrej is also the editor of the Journal of World-Systems Research as well as the Kairos imprint...
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Jan 9, 2022 The Final Straw
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Illustration by Marne Grahlman This week on the show, we sat down with Bayla Ostrach, an activist, anarchist, longtime defender, provider of and researcher around issues of reproductive healthcare. We speak about experiences researching and working on the issue in Catalunya, the battle for abortion and reproductive autonomy in the so-called US, the challenges faced by independent clinics against the business model of clinic chains like Planned Parenthood, legal and material pressure and attacks...
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Jan 2, 2022 The Final Straw
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This week we are really pleased to feature Scott conducting an interview with author and activist William C. Anderson about his new book The Nation on No Map: Black Anarchism and Abolition which is out now from AK Press. In this interview they speak on the book and its many facets, and Black anarchism more broadly, some of the failures of ero-centric and white anarchism, and many many more topics. If you would like to see more of Anderson’s work you can visit https://williamcanderson.info To...
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Dec 26, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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This week on the show, you’ll hear from Doug, Onion and Papi, three folks involved in the Aston Park Build, a daily event to hold space in Aston Park in downtown Asheville, creating art, sharing food and music and a wider part of organizing here to demand safer space & redistribution of wealth to care for houseless folks and relieve the incredible strains on housing affordability in Asheville. We talk about the park actions, the housing crisis and service industry wage woes, local...
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Dec 19, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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Serbia has been rocked by recent, mass blockades in the streets to challenge changes to the Law of Expropriation which would allow the state to take farm lands and other private property to open space for constructing mega projects and extraction like the proposed Rio Tinto lithium and jadarite mine in the Jadar Valley. This is building off of earlier ecological protests in 2021 against the building of private mini hydroelectric power plants along rivers in Stara Planina (aka the Balkan...
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Dec 13, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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Leigh Lassiter from prison books collective in Durham, North Carolina, a nonprofit project that sends zines and books to prisoners in Alabama in North Carolina prisons and jails comes on this week to tell us about recent changes by the NCDPS to use the private company techs behind to scan all incoming and outgoing mail track, their contents surveil the outside users and mailers, and to make a profit on an already indigent population. We also talk about the work of sending literature, to...
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Dec 6, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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On January 15th, 2021, two men received a knock on the door of their Tallahassee apartment from someone claiming to be delivering a Postmate parcel. The two hadn’t ordered anything and raised suspicion that someone was trying to break in and rob their home so they said they didn’t order anything and refused to open the door. Moments later, their door crashed open and a percussive grenade ignited as FBI swarmed in with guns drawn, yelling. This was the arrest of US military veteran, YPG...
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Nov 28, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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Today we’re excited to share a conversation with adrienne maree brown, the writer of such books as Holding Change , We Will Not Cancel Us , Pleasure Activism and Emergent Strategy . adrienne’s recent novella, Grievers , the first of a trilogy, was published by AK Press’ new Black Dawn imprint of speculative fiction. In this conversation, we dig into the book which is set in Detroit where a new illness that seems to only effect Black people (spoiler alert). We talk also about the role of...
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Nov 21, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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This week, Scott spoke with Eric A Stanley about their new book, Atmospheres of Violence: Structuring Antagonism and the Trans/Queer Ungovernable , which was just published by Duke University Press. Eric A. Stanley is an associate professor in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. In collaboration with Chris Vargas , they directed the films Homotopia (2006) and Criminal Queers (2019). Eric is also an editor, along with Tourmaline and Johanna...
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Nov 14, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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Mèo Mun is an anarchist collective working to make anarchist materials and ideas more accessible to a Vietnamese audience, together with providing an analysis of social struggles from a Vietnamese anarchist lens. Over the next hour you’ll hear three collective members, Mai, Will and tùng share their critiques of leftist misrepresentations of the Vietnamese State as Socialist, lasting impacts of imperialism and war on populations of Vietnam, the centering US imaginaries of Vietnam, the...
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Nov 7, 2021 The Final Straw
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This week we’re featuring 2 guests speaking about Russia. First up, John spoke with author and journalist Dmitry Okrest about the state of anarchist and antifascist movements in Russia, the politics of Putin’s United Russia party, nazis and the far right in Russia and successes of the Communist Party in electoral politics. Then, Moscow Anarchist Black Cross member-in-exile, Antii Rautiainen, adds some more detail on repression in Russia, including the hunger strike of Network Case prisoner,...
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Oct 31, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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Asheville Survival Program Asheville Survival Program is an autonomous mutual aid network formed in early 2020 at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in so-called Asheville, NC. They are building mutual aid with oppressed communities, promoting solidarity and sharing outside the bounds of State structure through their streetside camping gear, food and solidarity distro and their “Until We’re All Free” Store, holding a distribution space open a few days a week walk-up visits and delivering...
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Oct 24, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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On March 21 st , 2021, thousands entered the streets of Bristol in the UK to vent their anger at deaths in police custody, police violence on the streets, as well as a slate of repressive laws including the SpyCops Bill , increasing impunity for government officials breaking their own laws, as well as the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill , or simply The Bill, targeting Roma people, Travelers, lengthens youth prison sentences and criminalizing dissent and protest amidst some of the...
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Oct 17, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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This week I am very excited to present an interview with Autumn (she/her/hers), who is an anarchist and scholar-activist, on Fat Liberation in all its many nuances, the pervasive, classist, racist, and colonial nature of fatphobia both in mainstream society and in far left spaces and thought, and the roots of Fat Liberation as a structure which originates and lives with Black, Indigenous, and brown, trans and disabled people. We also speak about Autumn’s syllabus entitled “Fat Liberation...
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Oct 10, 2021 The Final straw Radio
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This week we’re sharing a chat that Scott Branson had about Transgender Marxism (2021, Pluto Press) with Jules Gleeson (co-Editor, Contributor) and M.E. O’Brien (contributor). Transgender Marxism brings together Transgender Studies and Marxist theory, exploring Transgender lives and movements and surviving as Trans under Capitalism. In the end, the claim of the book is that for Trans Liberation, Capitalism must be abolished. In this interview we talk about the: collective, material process...
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Oct 3, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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This week on The Final Straw, we spoke with Vasili and Maria, two Belarusian anarchists living abroad about the aftermath of the 2020 Uprising in their country of birth, lessons learned, the current political prisoners and the Lukashenko regime’s attempts to attack dissidents abroad. Maria is also a member of Belarus Anarchist Black Cross , which does anti-repression education and prisoner and legal support for anarchists in or from that country. More on that group and these topics can be...
Topics: belarus, anarchist, uprising, protest, lukashenko, repression, ukraine, poland, surveillance
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Sep 28, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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The Mountain Valley Pipeline, or MVP is planned to be a 300 + mile pipeline 42 inches in diameter being built to transport compressed so-called Natural Gas from the Marcellus formation in the Appalachian Basin, from northern West Virginia to southern Virginia for export. The pipeline started being built in 2018 and is slated to cross over 1,000 waterways, posing a danger to countless human and non-human animals and plants along the way as well as being responsible for 19 million metric tons of...
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Sep 20, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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This week on the show, we spoke with folks involved with Comrade Center, a leftist project focused on accessible education around armed self-defense in so-called New Hampshire. They were formerly known as South New England Socialist Rifle Association and while they’re no longer a chapter of the SRA, they are working with groups like that and individuals to purchase and maintaining a space for armed self-defense education outside of the right wing milieu in their area. For the hour we talk...
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Sep 12, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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On February 12th, 1994, Ernest Lee Johnson and his ex-girlfriends’ two sons participated in the botched robbery of Casey’s General Store that took three victims’ lives: Mable Scruggs, Mary Bratcher and Fred Jones. Mr Johnson has no recollection of the murders, was in despair and had been drinking and smoking crack in the hours after his ex-girlfriend broke up with him. A Black man with intellectual disabilities and no former, violent convictions, he was convicted by an ill-informed,...
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"Interpreting Realities: Aligning Fragments Within the Prisoners Resistance Movement " This is the second segment of a series of political discussions focused on building support for Jalihouse Lawyers Speak 2021 National call to action #ShutEmDown2021 along with support for the 2022 National Prisoner’ Strike & Boycott. In this segment “ Interpreting Realities: Aligning Fragments Within the Prison Resistance Movement ” moderated by Brooke Terpstra – a longtime resident of...
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Aug 29, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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Resisting state repression and surveillance is one of the cornerstones of The Final Straw and has been since the beginning of this project. Over the years we’ve featured interviews with support committees, political prisoners, defendants in ongoing cases, incarcerated organizers, radical legal workers and lawyers and others to talk about how power strikes at those who it fears constitute a threat. For those of us caught up in cases, navigating self-defense through the courts, penal system and...
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This week on the show, we share an interview with Sonja, an antifascist activist and researcher based in the state of Hessen, Germany, and involved in the network known as NSU-Watch. For the hour, we talk about the case of the National Socialist Underground terror group which killed 9 immigrants of Turkish, Greek and Kurdish immigrants between 2000 and 2006 and were only discovered in 2011. Sonja tells about organizing with those who lost their loved ones in the attacks, the uncovering of...
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Aug 22, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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On this special midweek release, you’ll hear Swift Justice, incarcerated Abolitionist in Alabama affiliated with the Alabama Resistance Movement and Unheard Voices OTCJ . Swift talks about some current situations in the Alabama Department of Corrections, legislation ongoing around prison slavery due to the exception clauses at the state and federal level (specifically the 13 th Ammendment), covid-19 behind bars, groups doing well in the struggle and organizing that needs to go further and...
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Aug 15, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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Unity And Struggle Through The Bars with Mwalimu Shakur This week on the show, you’ll hear our conversation with Mwalimu Shakur, a politicized, New Afrikan revolutionary prison organizer incarcerated at Corcoran prison in California. Mwalimu has been involved in organizing, including the cessations of hostilities among gangs and participation in the California and then wider hunger strikes against unending solitary confinement when he was at Pelican Bay Prison in 2013, helping to found the...
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Aug 8, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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This week on the show we are presenting an interview with Alice and Dolly, who are two people working toward Disability Justice and Mad Activism (among other things), about the prevalence of movement misogyny in antifascist currents, world building as antifascist and as community defense, ways to rethink harmful patterns in movements, and some things we can do to make each other safer. The show initially got in touch with these guests based on a Twitter thread that they co-authored about these...
Topics: antifa, antifascist, anarchist, feminist, feminism, liberation, whitesupremacy, rest, mentalhealth,...
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Aug 1, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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The city of Asheville likes to make headlines. The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority, or TDA, has been working alongside other tourism industry groups, to make an impression in the minds of people worldwide and entice you to visit this little mountain city with it’s big fuck-off estate, the Biltmore, the beautiful mountains for hiking, waterfalls for swimming, artsy and craftsy culture for consuming and rivers of beers for tourists to tube down. But in the last year, Asheville...
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This week, we're excited to (re-)present a 2015 conversation with Saralee Stafford and Neal Shirley, editors and authors of their book out from AK Press entitled "Dixie Be Damned: 300 years of Insurrection in the American South" . The book is a study of Maroon, Indigenous, White, Black, worker, farmer, slave, indentured, women and men wrestling against institutions of power for autonomy and self-determination. All of this in a region stereotyped to be backwards, slow, lazy, victimized...
Topics: history, rebroadcast, dixiebedamned, ussouth, akpress, author, saraleestafford, neilshirley,...
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Jul 19, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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This week we re-air an interview done with Aishah Shahidah Simmons , who is a writer, community organizer, prison abolitionist, and cultural worker who has done just an immense amount of work over the years to help disrupt and end the patterns of sexual abuse and assault within marginalized communities. In this interview we talk about a lot of things, her background and how she came to be doing the work shes doing right now, how better to think about concepts like accountability, what doing...
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Jul 11, 2021 The FInal Straw Radio
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The collective we spoke to for this episode began as a series of remotely-hosted blogs and communication methods among Iranian anarchists at home and abroad. By 2015 anarchists from Afghanistan had started to join and in 2018 the comrades from within Iran and Afghanistan and those living internationally founded Anarchist Union of Afghanistan and Iran. Since, more individuals and groups have joined up from around North Africa, the middle east and other places in the world and they in 2020...
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Jul 4, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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Joshua Clover is the author of seven books including Riot.Strike.Riot , which has been translated into six languages. Scott and Joshua talk about proletarian resistance to the capitalist economy through struggles against circulation of commodities and to fix their prices (riots) and struggles against exploitation and to set the price of wages in the workplace (strikes), how these methods are not as indistinguishable as we are told and the future of struggle against capitalism and extraction,...
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Jun 27, 2021 The Final Straw
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This week, we’re featuring two main portions of the show. You’ll hear updates from Greek comrades at 1431 AM free social radio in Thessaloniki and Radiozones Of Subversive Expression, 93.8 FM pirate radio in Athens . Both of these were featured on the latest episode of Bad News: Angry Voices from Around The World, available the middle of each month at A-Radio-Network.org . Prior to that, you’ll hear anarchist prisoner Xinachtli talk about his life and his case. This segment was first...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwtf, kwrk, Xinatchtli, Alvaro Luna Hernandez, #FreeAlvaro, Indigenous, prison,...
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Jun 20, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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This week, we air a conversation between Scott and anarchist, author and organizer Cindy Milstein . The conversation is framed around the most recent compilation that Milstein has edited and contributed to, “ There Is Nothing So Whole As A Broken Heart: Mending The World As Jewish Anarchists ” ( AK Press , 2021). During the conversation, they speak about walking through the world as queer, non-binary Jewish anarchists, Palestine and Israel, Milstein finding increasing healing and ritual...
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Jun 13, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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One thing that sets anarchism aside from other radical, egalitarian critiques of Power developed in the modern West is the conception of the State as an enemy. But what is the State, how does it work, why and how do we as anti-authoritarians and anarchists oppose it? These questions and more are the focus of the recent book, The Operating System: An Anarchist Theory of the Modern State ( AK Press , 2021). This week, we air Scott 's conversation with Eric on the book, theorizing the State as...
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Jun 6, 2021 The Final Straw Radio & June11th.Org
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June 11th is the international day of solidarity with Marius Mason and all long-term anarchist prisoners. This year we want to explore the connections between long-term prisoner support and anti-repression efforts around recent uprisings, a sharp reminder to us that the difference between a status of imprisoned or not is often tenuous and temporary. With thousands of arrests for protesting, rioting, and property destruction from last summer's George Floyd uprising, we must be preparing for the...
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May 30, 2021 The FInal Straw Radio
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This week, two segments on prisoner resistance and abolition in Indiana. A longer edition, including music and Sean Swain's segment, is available at our website . First, you'll hear from Koby Bluitt talking about her father, Leon Benson and his struggle for release after 23 years in prison, 10 of which was in solitary confinement, for a murder charge in 1998 that he has consistently claimed to have not committed. More on Leon at freeleonbenson.org or leonbenson-freeleonbenson on facebook. The...
Topics: prison, indiana, idoc, idocwatch, abolition, jailhouselawyers, landisreynolds, organizing,...
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This week on the show we are pleased to present an interview with Mar í a Kamila, who is a teacher and a popular journalist who works with the anarchist Colombian journalism and counter-information collective in Bogot á called Subversi ó n. We originally reached out to talk about the current wave of protests and riots in Colombia, and this interview covers many topics, ranging from a historical contextualization of the current moment, who are on the front lines of the protests, Indigenous...
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May 17, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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This week on the show, we’re airing a portion of our 2018 interview with filmmaker and activist Yousef Natsha about his film about his hometown, Hebron, and the Israeli occupation of Palestine. We invite you to check out our full interview with him from March 25, 2018 , linked in our show notes and we’re choosing to air this right now because of the flare up in violent evictions, home destruction and the assassination of around 100 Palestinian residents of Gaza by the “Israeli Defense...
Topics: israel, palestine, settlercolonialism, canada, usa, turtleisland, hebron, yousefnatsha, kairajala,...
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May 9, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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This week, we present a conversation with Shane Burley, author of the new AK Press book, “ Why We Fight: Essays on Fascism, Resistance, and Surviving the Apocalypse ”. For the hour, we speak about the contents of the book, anti-fascism, toxic masculinity, pushing racists and fascists out of cultural space, antisemitism (including in the left), conspiricism, right wing publishing and other topics. Bursts references a couple of podcasts at various points: Black Autonomy Podcast: Black...
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May 2, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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Max Fox on Chitty's "Sexual Hegemony" This week, you’ll hear Scott’s chat with Max Fox, editor of the late Christopher Chitty’s book, “ Sexual Hegemony: Statecraft, Sodomy and Capital in the Rise of the World System ”, published by Duke University Press in 2020. Max Fox is an editor of Pinko Magazine , a former editor of New Inquiry Magazine and translator of Guy Hocquinguem’s novel “ The Ampitheatre of the Dead ”. You can find Max on twitter at @mxwfx . Christopher...
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Apr 26, 2021 The Final Straw
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This week we are very happy to present an interview with Pranav Jeevan P, who is a student, a writer, an anti-caste activist, and an Indian anarchist living in the state of Kerala. If you are listening to the radio edit, know that we had to cut out large portions of the original audio for time’s sake, but in this interview you’ll hear Pranav explaining how he got into anarchism, how anarchistic praxis unfolds in India, some about the origins of and worldwide implications of the caste...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, kwrk, wcrs, kwtf, Pranav Jeevan P, India, Indian anarchist, Ambedkarite, Dr BR...
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Apr 18, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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Veronza Bowers, Jr: 47 Years of Justice Denied This week, we’re airing a conversation recorded by Eda Levinson on September 12 th , 2002, with political prisoner Veronza Bowers, Jr. It originally aired on Youth Speaks Out on KZYX in Modesto County, California, and we re-air this with permission of Veronza and the current producer of the Youth Speaks Out. The show continues to produce youth focused and progressive content available at YouthSpeaksOut.net . For the hour, you’ll hear former...
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Apr 18, 2021 Veronza Bowers, Jr
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These are a collection of audio recordings of spoken word and musical pieces featuring Veronza Bowers, Jr, political prisoner since 1974 and former Black Panther Party member in the US. These are being posted with the permission of Veronza and we hope to have them more available for streaming in the future. Healing Heart is performed by Jah Roots (a band of imprisoned musicians featuring Veronza on shatuhachi bamboo flute) Birthing Song is performed by Veronza Bowers, Jr, on shatuhachi flute...
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Apr 11, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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This is a conversation with Geoff Aung ( @Rg nhardliner on twitter), a Burmese American Marxist anthropology Phd candidate at Columbia University living abroad, about the current uprising, repression and revolutionary potentials in Myanmar. We discuss the evolution of tactics on the ground as revolutionaries adapt to the brutal murders of protesters by the state. Geoff also talks about the ways in which this movement is different from similar current movements in Asia and some of the historical...
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Apr 4, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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This week on the show, we bring you the audio of an activist panel from the recent Queer Conference held online by University of North Carolina, Asheville, in March of 2021. The conference was titled Fitting In and Sticking Out – Queer [In]Visibilities and the Perils of Inclusion . From the panel's description for the conference: This panel brings together 4 local (Asheville, NC) and regional groups working at different intersections of queer community support. We will learn about the work...
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Mar 29, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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This week on the show, I spoke with Comrade Chux, a member of Jailhouse Lawyers Speak. JLS is an autonomous network of incarcerated activists from across the so-called US. They have been engaged in organizing and calling for the 2016 & 2018 Nationwide Prison Strike activities. Chux and I chat about the call for this year for folks on the outside to engage for Abolition on August 21 and September 9 th , we talk about Abolition, Black August and other topics. You can learn more by following...
Topics: jailhouselawyersspeak, jls, abolition, prison, activism, abolitionism, shutemdown
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Mar 21, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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Steve Martinez Still Resists Grand Jury Related To Dakota Access Pipeline Struggle It’s been nearly half a decade since thousands of indigenous water and land defenders and their accomplices and allies weathered a difficult winter and attacks by law enforcement and private security attempting to push through the Dakota Access Pipeline through so-called North Dakota. The DAPL was eventually built and has already, unsurprisingly damaged the lands, waters and sacred sites of the Standing Rock...
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This week, we spoke with Anner, an Ethiopian member of Horn Anarchists, an anarchist group based in east Africa, particularly in Ethiopia and the Ethiopian diaspora. The group has been around for about a year and hopes to organize and spread anarchist ideas and organizing in the horn of Africa. Horn anarchists is a newer group planning to do work with refugees and introduce anarchist ideas to east Africa. For the hour, Anner talks about the group, the history of post-Junta Ethiopa, the context...
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This week we are airing a conversation that Bursts had a few weeks ago with Aric McBay, who is an anarchist, organizer, farmer, and author about his most recent book called Full Spectrum Resistance published by Seven Stories Press in May 2019. This book is divided into 2 volumes, and from the books website [fullspectrumresistance.org]: “ Volume 1: Building movements and fighting to win , explores how movements approach political struggle, recruit members, and structure themselves to get...
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In Defense of Looting with Vicky Osterweil This week we are getting the chance to air a conversation that we had with writer, anarchist, and agitator Vicky Osterweil about her recently published book In Defense of Looting, a Riotous History of Uncivil Action published (Bold Type Press, August 2020). We get to talk about a lot of different topics in this interview, how the book emerged from a zine written in the middle of the Ferguson Uprising of the summer of 2014, its reception by the far...
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Chronicling Prisoner Uprisings During Pandemic The last year has been a trying time for everyone. Hardest hit have been prisoners who have seen increasing infections of the covid-19 virus brought in by guards who live off site or other prisoners transferred in from other institutions, prisoners who don’t have the luxury of free movement during the incessant lockdowns their wardens employed as a band-aid measure to limit transmission, prisoners who don’t have effective healthcare in...
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Feb 14, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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This week on The Final Straw, we feature a conversation between our occasional host, Scott, and adrienne maree brown. For the hour, Scott and adrienne speak about We Will Not Cancel Us and Other Dreams of Transformative Justice , her latest booklet available through AK Press, as well as sci-fi, abolition, harm, accountability and healing. adrienne maree brown is the writer-in-residence at the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute, and author of Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good ,...
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Working Class History This week, I spoke with John from the Working Class History collective and host of their WCH podcast. We spoke about the new book, “ Working Class History: Everyday Acts of Resistance “, that WCH has published through PM Press, their archives, methodology, the project of popularizing working class, movement and human-sized history and a bunch more. More info on Working Class History at their website, W orking C lass H istory. C om , in their podcast and on twitter ,...
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Public key for TheFinalStrawRadio@riseup.net beginning 2021
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This week, we air a conversation with Syl Ko, about the book "Aphro-ism: Essays on Pop Culture, Feminism and Black Veganism", a book co-authored with her sister Aph Ko on Lantern Press, recorded in 2018. The book started from their blog by the same title. The topics include how the book came to be, Afro-futurist re-appropriations of time, Black Veganism, how the racialized concepts of human and animal intertwine and much more. More at https://aphro-ism.com/
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Jan 24, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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This week on the show, you’ll hear two segments. First up, anti-fascist researcher Spencer Sunshine talks about the aftermath of the January 6th putsch attempt in DC, mainstream media and Democrat narratives of concerning domestic terrorism, reporting of participation of law enforcement and military in the riot, anti-fascist research, what the stepping down of Trump has meant for his radicalized base and Spencer’s thoughts on claims of rehabilitation by former White Nationalists like...
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